Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The ‘dynamic duo’

Greetings!!!  2011 is underway and the time keeps rolling.  2011 has seen many good days, but a couple of bad ones in regards to politics (Congresswoman Gifford).  I really hope those out there with a heart are doing more than just watching the news.  Please take the time to educate yourself and others instead of following the crowd with sporadic judgment.  Being that this is the 1st quarter of music releases, labels are working gearing up for February & March dates, I figured I’d give you a jewel from 2010 that more people need to be aware of; this has literally been in my rotation for weeks.  Let’s get it!!!

The ‘dynamic duo’ has continuously been strongly portrayed and promoted within popular American culture.  Two allies working together to solve a crime or rectify a problem has been a great creative outlet in entertainment for years.  Think about the following: Babe & Mickey, Batman & Robin, Magic & Kareem, Bird & Kevin, Michael & Scottie, the Lone Ranger & Tonto, Sam & Dave, Sidney & Bill, Richard & Gene, and even Amos & Andy.  Music is no different.  From Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin, Bob Marley & Peter Tosh, David Lee Roth & Eddie Van Halen, to EPMD (Erick Sermon & Parrish Smith), Gangstarr (DJ Premier & Guru), and even Pete Rock & CL Smooth; the ‘dynamic duo’ concept has produced some of the greatest art available.

Statik Selektah & Termanology are no different.  Using the concept of the ‘dynamic duo’ as inspiration in the creation of the disc, 1982 (ST/Showoff/Brick), these Massachusetts artists do not disappoint.  Hip Hop is the literal melting pot with regards to entertainment & race.  People are judged on their skills (can you or can’t you do what you said with great ability) meaning that Termanology (Latin) and Statik Selektah (Italian) are held to the same standards as a Black duo out of Southside Chicago; can they ‘rock’?  To answer that question….YES!!!!  1982 is a very entertaining and complete record.  Statik Selektah provides a sound bed that allows Termanology extreme space to rhyme in an array of styles.
From allegorical, symbolically, double-time, and even in reverse; Termanology simply gets busy on this record.  “The World Renown” is the perfect example of their chemistry and why this is such a great listen.  The guests included on 1982 all provide great assistance (Cassidy, Xzibit, Bun B, Styles P, Saigon, Freeway, Inspectah Deck, Reks, and the incomparable M.O.P.) and shine in their own right, but 1982 is an album directed by Statik Selektah’s musical vision and Termanology’s lyrical precision.  Please support great music (you can download it or purchase a hard copy for less than $10); you’d be crazy not to have this in your collection.

Rest in peace to Teena Marie; one of the greatest singers and performers of all time.    From ‘Square Biz’ and ‘Fire & Desire’ to ‘Portuguese Love’ and ‘I’m a sucker for your love’, Teena had one of the strongest and most distinctive voices ever.  The term ‘blue-eyed soul’ came about because of her ability.  May her, her spirit, her family, and her legacy forever remain blessed.  Any band or artist looking for more exposure be sure to contact me.  Stay Up!!!!

DJ Kingpin-Villain Of Vinyl

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